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Freddy Kempf Plays Bach, Busoni, Rachmaninov & Others

Release Date: 03/29/2011 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1810   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovFerruccio BusoniMaurice RavelIgor Stravinsky
Performer:  Freddy Kempf
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

All four works on this disc rely on existing compositions, with titles that more or less specifically refer to this fact. In the case of Rachmaninov's Corelli Variations, it is the famous theme used by Corelli in his violin sonata La Follia which undergoes a radical pianistic treatment taking it through all the sonic and atmospheric possibilities offered by the instrument. With his celebrated transcription of Bach's Chaconne, Ferruccio Busoni had a very different aim, wanting to shed new light on the work without actually changing it. As he himself wrote, Bach taught him 'to recognize the truth that good, great and universal music remains the same, regardless of whatever means through which it resounds.' A virtuoso pianist, Busoni Read more nonetheless had recourse to great skills in writing idiomatically for the instrument, and turned his transcription into a truly pianistic work. Ravel's collection of waltzes was composed as a nod to Schubert, who in 1823 had written two collections of waltzes, the Valses nobles and Valses sentimentales. In no way is it possible to call the work a pastiche, however - in it Ravel shows the range of his musical palette, in a manner that caused Debussy to call his ear 'the most refined that has ever existed'. Finally, Stravinsky's Three movements from Petrushka is the composer's arrangement of music from his own ballet, commissioned by Arthur Rubinstein. The origin of the music to Petrushka was in fact a sketched work for piano and orchestra, and the later arrangement was therefore to an extent a return to the original concept. The result is a virtuoso piece, in which an almost percussive approach to the instrument is combined with lightning-quick changes in atmosphere and sound. Freddy Kempf has previously recorded no less than ten highly acclaimed solo discs for BIS, of which the latest also contained a series of legendary piano works, namely Mussorgsky's Pictures, Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit and Balakirev's Islamey - according to Gramophone's reviewer 'a formidable programme formidably played... This is "live" virtuosity with a vengeance, with absolutely no hint of a safety net.' Read less

Works on This Recording

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Freddy Kempf (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1931; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11 (The Former Academy of Mus 
Length: 13 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Chaconne for Piano in D minor (after Bach, BWV 1004), K B24 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Freddy Kempf (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1897 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11 (The Former Academy of Mus 
Length: 14 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Freddy Kempf (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11 (The Former Academy of Mus 
Length: 14 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Pétrouchka: Three movements for Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Freddy Kempf (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  Nybrokajen 11 (The Former Academy of Mus 
Length: 15 Minutes 3 Secs. 

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